A dream role – write your story

A dream role -write your story

Why not write your life story?

I’ve met a huge number of people over the years. And everywhere I go I love to engage these people and talk about their lives. For instance lately I met several people at the VW Dubs on the Hill event and one in particular  told me the most entertaining story about his younger days building beach buggies.

We’ve also shared  stories with the most interesting people at the Toowoomba races. To hear how people become involved with racehorses and all their amusing incidents that come with horse ownership.

It appears that no matter where I go I hear the most exhilarating, touching, shocking and funny stories about people’s lives.

I’m not only talking about older people. Young people might have shorter versions but often they are equally entertaining and often eyebrow-raising.

So why not write your story? Or even write down all the favourite stories you love to share when you meet new people.

Let’s look at a few reasons why you should write your story.

Old or young there’s likely to be something in your life that the general public would enjoy reading. If you’re older and you’ve lived a longish life with twists and turns, and achievements why not write a memoir about a person who lived a surprising life? When you think about it we all have some extremely interesting stories, for instance, maybe you only mouthed the words during the entire time you sang in a church choir! Well, why not, it could happen!

Life constantly surprises us all. Life’s experiences are not only interesting – they can be life-changing or hilariously funny.

Writing about your life can be a special keepsake for your family, something they could cherish forever. How often have you learned something about your grandparents and say, ‘ wow, I didn’t know that!’

Often families can unexpectedly learn out about some incredible achievements or the even the strength and tolerance of family members.

These days we’re encouraged to search out and understand about our heritage even the secrets that were never to be discussed. Now secrets make great reading.

Writing your life story can also give you a new perspective on life. Apparently, it’s great for your well-being and is a healthy cathartic exercise. I read that scientific research has stated exploring your feelings and writing them down – can actually build your immune system.

Plus writing down experiences can possibly help understand why people did and do certain things giving an overall insight into life as a whole.

If you decide to start writing don’t forget to always add light and shade. I know not everyone’s stories are full of laughter but we all need bright spots in our lives. I know I often repeat my favourite stories over and over to my poor friends and family but they make us laugh.
I know when I look back on certain events in my life it helps me to let go of certain wrongs and embrace the each precious moment even more.

Why not give it a go? Who knows what could happen and how many lives you could touch and inspire.

I’d love to hear how you go.


International Day of Happiness

Such wise words to think about on this special day. Happy International Day of Happiness to you all.

“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” 
Dale CarnegieHow to Win Friends and Influence People

The International Day of Happiness is celebrated worldwide every March 20, and was conceptualized and founded by philanthropist, activist, statesman, and prominent United Nations special advisor Jayme Illien to inspire, mobilize, and advance the global happiness movement.

In 2011, Illien brought the idea and concept of creating a new global day of awareness, the International Day of Happiness, to senior United Nations Officials.

Illien successfully campaigned to unite a global coalition of all 193 United Nations member states, and secured the endorsement of then Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki moon, to support the concept of establishing a new official international UN calendar day of observance known as the International Day of Happiness.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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Promise Yourself

~Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

 “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” 
~Dalai Lama XIV

Thursday Art-Day – Sir Edwin Henry Landseer.

Thursday Art-Day –  Sir Edwin Henry Landseer RA (7 March 1802 – 1 October 1873)
Words: Carmel Rowley & www.wikipedia.org

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I blogged about Sir Edwin Henry Landseer and his incredible paintings way back in 2011. During this week I posted Landseer’s The Arab Tent with a previous blog so I thought it was the perfect time to revisit Landseer’s fascinating life again. Most Arabian horse breeders know of or possibly have a framed print of The Arab Tent on their wall. But do you know about this extraordinary artist? So once again for Thursday Art-Day we take a look at the art and the life of Sir Edwin Henry Landseer.

The Arab Tent

Landseer was something of a prodigy whose artistic talents were recognised early on; he studied under several artists, including his father John Landseer, an engraver, and Benjamin Robert Haydon, the well-known and controversial history painter who encouraged the young Landseer to perform dissections in order to fully understand animal musculature and skeletal structure.

Landseer’s life was entwined with the Royal Academy. At the age of just 13, in 1815, he exhibited works there. He was elected an Associate at the age of 24, and an Academician five years later in 1831. He was knighted in 1850, and although elected President in 1866 he declined the invitation. A notable figure in 19th century British art, his works can be found in Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Kenwood House and the Wallace Collection in London. He also collaborated with fellow painter Frederick Richard Lee. Landseer’s popularity in Victorian Britain was considerable. He was widely regarded as one of the foremost animal painters of his time, and reproductions of his works were commonly found in middle-class homes. Yet his appeal crossed class boundaries, for Landseer was quite popular with the British aristocracy as well, including Queen Victoria, who commissioned numerous portraits of her family (and pets) from the artist.

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Landseer was particularly associated with Scotland and the Scottish Highlands, which provided the subjects (both human and animal) for many of his important paintings, including his early successes The Hunting of Chevy Chase (1825–1826) and An Illicit Whiskey Still in the Highlands (1826–1829), and his more mature achievements such as the majestic stag study Monarch of the Glen (1851) and Rent Day in the Wilderness (1855–1868). Laying Down The Law (1840) satirises the legal profession through anthropomorphism.

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(c) Leeds Museums and Galleries (book); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

So popular and influential were Landseer’s paintings of dogs in the service of humanity that the name Landseer came to be the official name for the variety of Newfoundland dog that, rather than being black or mostly black, features a mix of both black and white; it was this variety Landseer popularised in his paintings celebrating Newfoundlands as water rescue dogs, most notably Off to the Rescue (1827), A Distinguished Member of the Humane Society (1838), and Saved (1856), which combines Victorian constructions of childhood with the appealing idea of noble animals devoted to humankind—a devotion indicated, in Saved, by the fact the dog has rescued the child without any apparent human direction or intervention.

Monarch of the Glen (1851)

In his late 30’s Landseer suffered what is now believed to be a substantial nervous breakdown, and for the rest of his life was troubled by recurring bouts of melancholy, hypochondria, and depression, often aggravated by alcohol and drug use. In the last few years of his life Landseer’s mental stability was problematic, and at the request of his family he was declared insane in July 1872. Landseer’s death on 1 October 1873 was widely marked in England: shops and houses lowered their blinds, flags flew at half-staff, his bronze lions at the base of Nelson’s column were hung with wreaths, and large crowds lined the streets to watch his funeral cortege pass. Landseer was buried in St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

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Landseer was rumoured to be able to paint with both hands at the same time, for example, paint a horse’s head with the right and its tail with the left, simultaneously. He was also known to be able to paint extremely quickly—when the mood struck him. He could also procrastinate, sometimes for years, over certain commissions.
His painting The Shrew Tamed, entered at the 1861 Royal Academy Exhibition, caused controversy because of its subject matter. It showed a powerful horse lying in the straw in a stable while a lovely young woman lies with her head pillowed on its shoulder, lightly touching its head with her hand.

Shrew Tamed

The catalogue explained it as a portrait of a noted equestrienne, Ann Gilbert, applying the taming techniques of the famous ‘horse whisperer’ John Solomon Rarey. Critics however were troubled by the depiction of a languorous woman dominating a powerful animal, and some concluded Landseer was referencing the famous courtesan Catherine Walters, then at the height of her fame. Walters was herself an excellent horsewoman and along with other ‘pretty horsebreakers’ frequently appeared riding in Hyde Park.

The English architect Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens was named after him—Lutyens’ father was a friend of Landseer. The only contemporary animalier to approach his fame was fellow Royal Academician Richard Ansdell. After his death, Landseer left behind three unfinished paintings: Finding the Otter, Nell Gwynne and The Dead Buck, all on easels in his studio. It was his dying wish that his friend John Everett Millais should complete the paintings and so Millais did.

For more www.wikipedia.org

Perpetuate the Poetic

Perpetuate the Poetic – Carmel Rowley

Landseer – The Arab Tent

Horses are a magnet to those who love them. I know I’m drawn to them, my hand has a life of it’s own and reaches to stroke any horses fine soft neck. My hand tingles and I transported back in time.

Once, probably not that long ago, mankind relied on the horse to simply exist. Over the years I’ve learnt that if you give horses love, respect, and kindness, the horse will return those emotions tenfold. The horse whisperer Buck Brannaman, said a horse is a mirror to your soul. 

Many different facets of horse ownership set me on the path to write but the emotional involvement always fascinated me.  In my current novel I incorporate not only the long standing bond of friendship between women but also the horses ability to assist in healing an individual’s soul and mind.

So when I think about horses the spiritual is there so how could I not search out some of the marvellous poetry and the thought provoking words written about horses. I decided I must in my own little way ensure more and more people read some of these words. So today I’m blogging the poignant words written by W.G.Palgrave, in his book Central and Eastern Arabia. The words describe a unique breed of horse and when I think about it I used the beautiful words as a yardstick for our own breeding program.

Many will already know them but some may not have even read them. They take you back to the 1860’s when Palgrave gives a description of the horses owned by Prince Faisal ibn-Saud. Think about it for a moment, these horses were the type of Arabian that Abbas Pasha was able to source for his own breeding establishments. When you read the description you will probably feel like I do and wish you owned a time machine …

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…Never had I seen or imagined so lovely a collection. Their stature was indeed somewhat low; I do not think that any came fully up to fifteen hands; fourteen appeared to me about their average; but they were so exquisitely well shaped that want of greater size seemed hardly, if at all, a defect. Remarkably full in the haunches, with a shoulder of a slope so elegant as to make one in the words of an Arab poet, ‘go raving mad about it;’ a little, a very little saddle-backed, just the curve that indicates the springiness without any weakness; a head broad above, and tapering down to a nose fine enough to verify the phrase of ‘drinking from a pint pot’, did pint pots exist in Nejed; a most intelligent and yet singularly gently look, full eye, sharp thorn like little ear, legs fore and hind that seemed to be made of hammered iron, so clean and yet so well twisted with sinew; a neat round hoof, just the requisite for hard ground; the tail set on or rather thrown out at a perfect arch; coats smooth, shining and light; the mane long but not over grown nor heavy; and an air and step that seemed to say ‘Look at me, am I not pretty?’
Their appearance justified all reputation, all value, all poetry. The prevailing colour was chestnut or grey; a light bay, an iron colour, white, or black, were less common.
But if asked what are, after all, the specially distinctive points of the Nejdee horse, I should reply, the slope of the shoulder, the extreme cleanness of the shank, the full rounded haunch, though every other part too has a perfection and a harmony unwitnessed (at least by my eyes) anywhere else.”

W.G.Palgrave, ‘Central and Eastern Arabia’ (London 1865) Vol.2 pages 92-94

 The horse, with beauty unsurpassed, strength immeasurable and grace unlike any other, still remains humble enough to carry a man upon his back. ~ Amber Senti.


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During my blissful Sunday at the Toowoomba Lifeline Bookfest, I stood back for a few minutes and took in the seemingly endless tables holding close to a million books. You have to smile at the hundreds of people intent on finding personal treasures as they methodically sort through the boxes. Bookfest is one of my must go events every year and record sales in 2018 proves lots and lots and lots of people still adore printed books.

I was relieved to notice there were less crowds on Sunday than the manic Saturday so with a strong sense of camaraderie I joined the throng searching for a special volume. A couple of hours later, I sat  enjoying a cup of coffee and debating with a fellow book lover how many of the thousands of books stacked along the tables had actually been rejected before being published.

I couldn’t help but wonder about rejection the word that sends chills up an author’s spine. But is rejection good for us?

Rejection is a fact of life for writers, artists, in fact for anyone who pursues an artistic existence. Most of us know the gut wrenching tug to our heart when rejected. But speaking for myself over the last decade I’ve consciously made a big effort to never allow the fear of rejection prevent me from taking a risk. One of those risks would have to be my choice to independently publish my novels.

I made this decision for a variety of personal reasons but being an individual who’s always followed the untrodden path,  whether it was breeding Arabian horses or publishing my books I felt no concern in throwing caution to the wind.

I realised early during the years of breeding horses that  you cannot please everyone so firstly you must please yourself.

These days just over eight years after the release of Tails Carried High, I’m now very grateful for that original choice. Changes in one’s life and health happen and these days I know I would never have been able to work to any form of deadline. At the time the constraints of a job and breeding horses proved quite hard to drop everything and travel without careful prior planning.

It’s a strange sensation to look back at those first goals and  observe with a sense of amazement that my life unfolded as needed.

Although many may not, I now strongly believe that rejection makes you stronger. With over 40 years of breeding Arabian horses behind me, rejection is part of the course, you get used to hearing the bad things about a horse before the good. I don’t mean this in a negative manner, it’s just the way competitive fellow breeders behave. So in saying this, it means I should be thankful to my fellow breeders for teaching me to take rejection in the right way. If you learn to do this, you can actually come away with a new perspective and understanding of the big picture.

If rejection is the curse, confidence is most definitely the cure and these famous authors had some astounding rejection letters.

Emily Dickinson: Your poems are quite as remarkable for defects as for beauties and are generally devoid of true poetical qualities.

Ernest Hemingway (regarding The Torrents of Spring): It would be extremely rotten taste, to say nothing of being horribly cruel, should we want to publish it.

Can you believe these phrases from famous author rejection letters? It’s amazing the authors actually persevered. These comments show us that famous author rejection letters are no different than             not-so-famous author rejection letters! Can you imagine if these authors had stopped writing and submitting. They took a second, third, fourth and upwards chance to get published. If they’d given up    we would’ve missed such important literature!

I came across some more very interesting statistics. (please remember regardless of how hard one searches there still may a chance for error.)

Famous Author Rejections: 

1. John Grisham’s first novel was apparently rejected 25 times.

2. Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) allegedly received 134 rejections.

3. Beatrix Potter had so much trouble publishing The Tale of Peter Rabbit, initially she self-published it.

4. Robert Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) received 121 rejections before being published and went on to become a best seller.

5. Gertrude Stein spent 22 years submitting before getting a single poem accepted.

6. Judy Blume, beloved by children everywhere, received rejections for two straight years.

7. Madeline L’Engle received 26 rejections before getting A Wrinkle in Time published. It went on to win the Newberry Medal and become one of the best-selling children’s books of all time.

8. Frank Herbert’s Dune was rejected 20 times before being published and and we all know what a cult classic it became.

9. Stephen King received dozens of rejections for Carrie before it was published. Then it was made into a movie!

Why not look at rejection as an opportunity to come face to face with our ego and recognise we may need to look more closely at what we’re creating. After all, most of us learn from life experience.

There’s no doubt if rejection is associated with anything we put our heart and soul into is painful. But again it’s mainly our ego that’s bruised? If we can turn rejection inside out and consider it important and a positive life experience we can overcome the disappointment easier and easier every time it happens. There’s always a second chance or a new direction to prove ourselves and make the push towards a better, stronger and more powerful us.

Note: The Toowoomba Lifeline bookfest has been going for 20+ years. It’s on in March every year, in the Founder’s Pavilion at the Toowoomba Showgrounds.  Make sure to remember for next year – it’s not always widely advertised.  Give it a Google in February each year to get the exact dates.


SIMPLE, EASY AND FUN –  thoughts  by Carmel Rowley


Could it be that all the drama of the last few years has finally made me realise: “There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience.” ~ Jean de la Bruyere

Over the past nine years there have been lots of  people who have asked me about writing books. My answer as to how they should go about writing is to take control and just write. In the ten years it took to write Tails Carried High I realised it was easier not to immediately stress about spelling and sentence structure. For me it was about getting my ideas down before I forgot them.

Here I have to add that I know from personal experience how hard it is to control the workings of everyday life and find enough time to relax, sit down, be patient and write. It’s a surreal realisation that since I released my first book in 2009, I’ve written another five, plus the one to be released later this year.

All of this writing is not without the many highs and lows of life. But these days being a writer and creator is a lifeline and something I love to do. But I knew I couldn’t sustain the pressure of churning out a book a year. Life dictated slowing down and I now realise the importance of savouring each books journey from birth to leaving home.

My days without horses is different but fun, especially without the regimented pressure of a strict routine.  I find time for Yoga and I’m taking time to relax and reconnect with my patience. My writing remains part of my daily routine but now if I miss a day I don’t worry. When I return to writing after a break, I sink into my story and join my characters in a far more relaxed manner.

To the left of my monitor I have two pieces of paper taped to the outer edge the first with Louise Hay’s words, ‘I’m no longer curious about things that upset me.’ And the second piece of paper has, ‘This is Simple – This is Easy – This is Fun,’ written on it. And a message to my left has the words RELAX and PATIENCE written on it.

All three remind me how to go about my day and where to direct my attention. These words also help me to make decisions to tackle tasks that I previously felt I couldn’t possibly manage to learn. For  years  I’ve had an ongoing frustration surrounding my author website. So after a couple of futile situations I decided to take control. No more trying to explain to others my ideas and what I envisioned in my minds eye. I decided that 2018 is the year to learn about websites.

As with the horses and my writing I took control.  Over the past few weeks I’ve been learning how to update my author website. I truly surprised myself by even understanding some of what was explained. However, it may take a while for me to completely get it but I’m okay with that …

But a round of applause for me because on Tuesday I actually managed to put up my new banner on all twelve pages. Whew! I now know that word by word and week by week I’ll finally achieve what I should have learnt years ago.
But here’s the big surprise – I’m enjoying every minute and yesterday I drove home happy and smiling. My amazing young teacher is patient, relaxed, understanding and makes the lessons simple, easy and fun.

If I’m to be honest I must admit that I’d become caught up in the perfect trap. There are people who insist all must be perfect to move ahead but the words I focus on everyday never even mention perfect. When I think about perfect (I heard it often from fellow horse breeders) it has me emitting a huge sigh of frustration. It’s such a misused word these days, we’re all only human. I decided so long as I push myself on a regular basis, stay curious to learn and take up new tasks it’s a huge achievement.


There may be some of you out there that can understand or even wish to make a few little signs as reminders to be patient, relaxed and no longer be curious about the things that upset you.

In closing, some advice for my writer friends from Mark Twain. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” ~ Mark Twain



Sunday Quote of the Week – Think about change …

Sunday Quote of the Week


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Drawing by Willa Frayser – www.facebook.com/WFrayserArtwork



-Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)

Every cell in our body is different from the ones a few years ago. They are completely new, all the old me gone. Except the one unique thing we call our thoughts…

We all know our thoughts are creative and an occasional idle negative thought doesn’t make very much difference in our lives. But I read in one of my many motivational books that thoughts are like drops of water, they accumulate over time.

If we rethink the same thoughts continuously, they grow, so a drop becomes a puddle, and eventually the drops become an ocean. If they are positive thoughts, we can float on an ocean of life. If they are destructive and negative thoughts, we can drown in an ocean of negativity.

So when you wake up every morning you should remember to say: “I approve of myself and I easily choose the thoughts that nourish me.”

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Carmel and Simeon Sarah (dec) Photograph G Egan

Lately, life has turned a little crazy. Not only am I drafting my next novel but I’ve promised myself that I will learn to update my author website myself. To slow my overactive mind I’ve been going through the fabulous stories and legends associated with Arabian horses.  One I truly loved is The Sixth Sense of the Arabian mare. I’m not sure if I’ve blogged about this before but for any who have not read the words previously it’s well worth putting up again.

When it comes to the Arabian horse it appears the demands of show ring success and competition carries an enormous amount of weight when it comes to the assessment of the Arabian horse’s value. So I ask a long discussed question. Does the art of showmanship take the place of natural beauty?
The connection between people and horses is a touching one but this beautiful legend illustrates so clearly the gift we have in the Arabian horse.

Every breeder should know these legends; but often the reality of day to day life can shift motivation and alter early goals. While we all love the beauty of the Arabian, and I watch with curiosity as this obsession with extreme beauty continues to gain momentum. Just like a runaway train, the father of most man made horse breeds continues to be labelled as an unmanageable, flighty creature owned mostly by people who cannot ride and are only interested in running their horses around a show ring.


Stavs Sorsha (Simeon Stav x Simeon Shaina)

While many of us who own Arabians know this is not altogether true, it’s this perceived idea, which does the most damage. The saddest thing being many discussed topics have been bandied around with no conclusion for as long as I can remember.

We began breeding purebred Arabian horses in 1975 and most of the topics discussed now were discussed then, and they continued to be debated during all the time in between. We retired from breeding within the last few years.


Stavs Sorsha

As for a solution, taking responsibility and adding some common sense could be a start. Look at the breed honestly through the eyes of an outsider and not as a person who participates in perpetuating a widely held but false belief.  Let’s face it we only have to watch the news each night to understand the state of the human psyche. I wish one didn’t have to keep battering an already bruised head against a brick wall. These days I shrug my shoulders turn off the television and refuse to invest my already battered concern for a breed I love and simply plot my next book! Book world problems are much, much easier to solve.

Mind you, the one fact any Arabian horse owner knows and that’s how uniquely responsive and sensitive the Arabian horse is to his owner, if he’s allowed to be man’s friend.

In the end, life is to be lived but it does require our very best. Once you’ve experienced life with horses you would never settle for anything less. Enjoy this lovely legend, enjoy your horses and remember that the Arabian breed symbolises all that the word beauty represents. A combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.

The sixth sense of the Arabian mare

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The wild mare of Arabia was the ultimate achievement of nature. According to the Bedouin she was a mature and perfect creature with the gift of an intelligent spirit. This gift was bestowed upon the mare of Ishmael along with an intuitive soul to dwell within her beautiful, strong, and symmetrical body. The psychic powers of her animal spirit were gifts of God, just as her conscious mind developed through her intimate human association.
The Arab’s believed that psychic power is never transmitted through stallions, though they posses it as much as the mares.

An Arabian sire communicates physical qualities and nervous energies, but never the elements of mind and soul, which are outside the domain of physical laws. The elements of mind and soul were a spiritual gift to the first mare – Ishmael’s mare – who, the Arab’s insist, was not only special, but a twofold creation of God.

She was brought into existence with an image of herself in her womb: a son who was only to serve later as a means of helping to reproduce her semblance on this earth. A perfectly developed male was born in Ishmael’s tent in the morning of her creation in the desert. For this mystical reason, the mare is always considered supremely important among the Bedouins. A stallion can only take secondary place.


Heywood Hardy for Thursday Art Day

Heywood Hardy for Thursday Art Day

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The first paintings I found by Heywood Hardy were mainly hunting and carriage driving and coaching scenes. While I admired these painting it was when I came across the subjects of people and children out and about meeting friends, pondering life and enjoying a ride along the beach that made me sit up and take notice. I agree with Sally Mitchell (The Dictionary of British Equestrian Artists) words when she stated that Hardy had a great eye for a horse. His horses are animated and interactive with pricked ears, wonderfully expressive, large eyes and faces that appeared to be actually interested in their surroundings. His horses are the type we’d all love to own, upstanding and proud with a classic Thoroughbred look about them.

It’s been written that he was often invited to country estates to paint portraits, sporting pictures and animal studies.  He also provided illustrations for magazines such as the Illustrated London News, and The Graphic, as well as producing etchings of his work.


Exhibited: Royal Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street (1863 to 1871); Royal Academy (46 paintings between 1864 and 1919); The British Institute; The Old Watercolour Society.

Heywood Hardy ARWS, RE, ROI
(1842 – 1933)

A painter of equestrian, hunting and genre scenes often set in the eighteenth century, as well as a distinguished portraitist, Heywood Hardy was the youngest son of the artist James Hardy Snr (1801-1879).
He began his career as an animal artist in Keynsham; however, following initial failure, he joined the 7th Somerset Volunteers for a brief period. In 1864, Hardy went to Paris and entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where he studied with the battle painter, Pielse. He then visited Antwerp, returning to England shortly before 1868.

In 1870, Hardy settled in London and shared a studio with Briton Riviere. His career flourished and he was elected a member of several societies, including the Royal Society of Painters and Etchers, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. He was an Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society. Hardy also worked as an illustrator, contributing to The Illustrated London News and The Graphic Magazine.

Famed for his sensitive portrayal of animals, Hardy was invited to many country estates
and commissioned by several distinguished patrons, including Colonel Wyndham Murray,
the Marquis of Zetland and the Sitwells of Renishaw.

Hardy moved to West Sussex in 1909, and at the age of eighty-three embarked upon a
unique phase in his career. This was a controversial series of biblical scenes portraying
Christ walking in the Sussex countryside, surrounded by recognisable contemporary
village dignitaries. These panels were painted to mark the 700th anniversary of Clymping
Church, where they can still be seen today.



LET’S BE CREATIVE   Carmel Rowley


At some stage many of us are required to be creative. It comes easy to some and can be a laborious chore for others. Last year, while coping with family issues I found it difficult to think about anything other than the immediate situation in front of me. It was the first time as a writer I stalled and experienced some panic as I wondered if my thoughts and ideas would ever be the same.
The old adage time heals proved true because out of blue a short story came to me. It was after enjoying a visit with a cousin and while having a hilarious discussion about an outfit I loved and wore all the time when I was about seventeen that an idea came to me. Yes, I still have the outfit!
I’m happy to say from the time I wrote the short story the plot for my next book shot out of the starting gates at a steady gallop. After twelve months I’m finally at the editing/drafting/tightening stage of my latest book ‘FRAMED’. This novel presents a strong message about the healing power of horses, creativity and friendship.

But what if there ARE some proven creativity boosters? We all occasionally need a boost of creativity whether we’re writers, artists, sculptors or even landscape gardeners. Though there’s not a sure fire way to be creative, I’ve always thought it’s more important to decide on your favorite and begin. The point is creativity shows itself in a wide range of activities. The only mistake you can make is to think that you don’t have any.
Some time back I found a terrific article in the Healthy Living section of the Toowoomba Newspaper The Chronicle which I felt worth sharing. www.thechronicle.com.au
The article was written by Dr Amantha Imber who generously gave me permission to blog it. The article outlines a few simple and proven ideas to assist with boosting our creativity.

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Scientifically proven creativity boosters
Written by Dr Amantha Imber

The media loves to perpetuate the myth that creative geniuses are born, not made. However, the idea that you can only be creative if you were born that way is a myth. Hundreds of scientific research studies have demonstrated creativity is a skill that can be built up very easily. In my book The Creativity Formula, I describe fifty different scientifically proven ways to boost creativity.
Here are some:-
Look for the odd one out –
One study compared the ideas generated by people looking at a poster depicting an “odd one out” image versus people seeing an image representing conformity. The “odd one out” viewers came up with significantly more ideas.
Clench your left hand –
Psychology Professor Nicola Baumann set up an experiment where one group of people had to squeeze a ball with their left hand while the other group had to squeeze the ball with their right. It was found that this simple act of squeezing one’s left hand activated a brain circuit associated with thinking more creatively.
Turn up the volume –
While science is great for many types of work, when it comes to innovation, research suggests you should turn up the volume. Researchers from the University of British Columbia found that seventy decibels (the sound level of a busy café or city street) is optimal for creativity.
Get sweaty –
Participating in thirty minutes aerobic exercise has been found to increase our ability to think creatively. And our added creative ability lasts for up to two hours after.

Dr Amantha Imber is the Founder of Innovation Consultancy Inventium. She can be contacted at amantha@inventium.com.au
You can purchase a copy of her book The Creativity Formula
50 Scientifically-Proven Creativity Boosters for Work and for Life

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